Thursday, August 24, 2017

What has been and what comes next

♡ SATURDAY: Had a pretty chill day at work, after which I attended Ansku's party. It was truly the end of an era, since we've had many legendary parties at her parents house throughout the year. We continued on to Saaristobaari, which was a bit of a let down. I've had a good time there before, but that night the music was odd and the crowd was reeaally young. Stopped by a greek food stand on my way home, the gyros pita tasted heavenly. I also found 40 euro on the ground, and since no one was around me, I picked it up. Me and André both agreed it must be good karma since he once lost a 50 euro bill in a club, and now he (or well, we) finally got it back!
Trying to take cute pictures but failing. hard.

♡ SUNDAY: Sunday dinner in Raisio with parents and grandparents. A delicious meal prepared by my father. Blueberry picking with my mom.

♡ MONDAY: Another day off from work, which was spent preparing for the academic year (aka. stressing). Leg day at the gym.

♡ TUESDAY: Lunch with Cristel. Back to work.

♡ WEDNESDAY: After work me and André finally went to have dinner at Storage, a restaurant which opened this summer and specializes in Street Food with a Finnish twist. The plates are quite small so we ordered several, and shared it all. My favorites were definitely the "corndog", the Finnish taco and the dessert which was a soft serve ice cream with cranberries and hot caramel - so delicious! I definitely recommend trying Storage!

Walking up our street

♡ TODAY: Work, stopped by the market square to buy some peas and later got an allergic reaction from those peas. It's a bummer, because I love peas. I'll probably still eat the rest though. Also took a 45 minute walk, and listened to some podcasts. 

♡ TOMORROW AND SO ON: The next two days will pretty much be spent at work, but after that I have three days off which means we've finally managed to fit in our visit to Ostrobothnia, we haven't been there since last Christmas so it's about time we went!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The past few days have been shocking and sad here in my home city of Turku. I will get to that later in this post.

I guess summer is officially over now that schools have started (not for us University students quite yet though) and as I mentioned before, my work hours are becoming fewer as well. That means that I've had a lot more time to hang out with family and friends. So last Saturday after work (and work was pretty exciting as well because I served none other than Redfoo from LMFAO! He was performing at a festival in town and stopped by our restaurant for some grub) I got a ride with Emppu and Paul to Ella's summer cottage which is locate in Kimito, about a 45 minute car ride from Turku. There we celebrated the end of summer with a crayfish party, which was so much fun! I've never actually been to a crayfish party before, but luckily my friends taught me how to peel and eat crayfish, so now I'm a pro. It was great hanging out with all of my friends, and there was lots to talk about too, which meant that I didn't go to bed 'til 6 in the morning. I took a 4 hour nap the next day, crayfish partying can be exhausting!

I also had a dog come over to my apartment last week, and she was so cute! My friend Julle was dog sitting so she came over with Hylsy, and she was adorable. I wasn't loving the white fur which was all over my apartment after she left, but it was totally worth it.

Now to the horrible event that happened in the center of Turku on Friday the 19th of August, just last week. I'm sure most of you reading this know all about it, but just after four in the afternoon, a man started stabbing people around the market square, leaving two dead and eight others injured. Since then we have learned that this was in fact a terrorist attack, committed by an 18-year-old asylum seeker. I was actually working at the time of the attack, and our restaurant is located just across the street from the market square, in plain sight of where the knife man committed his horrible crimes. I didn't actually see any of the attacks myself, I only started paying attention to what was going on outside when police cars and ambulances started arriving to the scene. Then someone came in to the bar next to our restaurant and said that somebody had been stabbed. At first I didn't think much of it, but then we started getting news that it wasn't just one person, it was several people. I was supposed to get off from work at 5, but at that point we did not know what was going on and since police had asked people to stay inside and avoid walking in the city center, I stayed at work for one more hour, texting friends and family and trying to figure out what was going on. We didn't know whether there was only one attacker or many, or if they had caught them. Rumors started spreading on social media that other shopping centers in and around Turku had been attacked as well (these reports were false and the shopping centers were closed as a precaution). Later we also found out that police had captured the suspect merely minutes after the attack began, and if it wasn't for brave bystanders, who started chasing the attacker and helped victims, the outcome of this tragedy could've been much worse. At six I got a ride from my friend Emppu home who was kind enough to come and pick me up from work. 

The last couple of days I have spent reading the news, talking to my friends and family and thinking a lot about what happened. Unfortunately we read about these types of attacks almost every day on the news, and you can't help but to feel sad for the state of the world, and sad for the victims. I wouldn't say that I could've never imagined it happening in my home city, but it did come as a big shock, knowing that these attacks happened just 100 meters away from me. Knowing that any one of my friends or family or just someone I know could've been there, because it's the square we walk through several times a week, if not daily. It's the square where my little brother takes his bus home when he gets off from school. It's the square where my friend went to buy strawberries just 5 minutes before the attack. It could have been any one of us, but it wasn't, and I'm so thankful for that.

I'm also thankful for the police, who did a tremendous job in capturing the attacker in such a short time. I'm thankful for the bystanders who risked their own lives by going after the attacker, and warming people about him. I'm thankful for all of those people who are willing to see past hate and revenge and try to spread love and support. I think our president Sauli Niinistö expressed it very well, when he spoke about the aftermath of these types of attacks, especially when it comes to questions about immigration and refugees. He said that Finland's strength and success is based on our ability to work together, and to give room to different opinions without putting blame on others. He reminded that we all have the freedom of speech, but that we are also responsible for the actions that our words lead to. Niinistö said that some are for and others are against immigration, which is understandable, but if we use our different opinions to build hate, it will only weaken our ability to reject evil.

My condolences go out to all of the victims and their families and friends.
I took this picture from my friends Instagram. It is the memorial place for the victims at the Market Square. The sign reads "Turussa ei ole paikkaa pelolle" which translates to "There is no place for fear in Turku" ❤

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two things

ONE: We have been looking for a round table to go with our white chairs and it just so happened that my grandmother happened to have one which she so kindly donated to us! I am in love with the combo... We put the other table in the kitchen so now we also have a cute little breakfast nook, love love love!

TWO: Been working a lot this week but the time that I've had I've spent with André before he goes (or actually went this morning) on his last week of work. We had lunch at Tårget, ate ice cream by the river (from Nuvole obviously, best ice cream in town!) and just chillaxed at home. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday thoughts

❤ A few days ago me and André watched the documentary "What The Health" on Netflix, which is a follow up to "Cowspiracy" (which I have not seen, as a matter of fact). The flick is mostly about how our diet aka. what we eat has a huge in pact on our health, and that diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure can to a large extent be defeated by consuming a plant based diet. 

I have to say that although I don't think I could ever fully give up meat and other animal products such as dairy, the documentary did put a lot of thoughts in my head (and Andre's too). So now we're trying 'meatless mondays'! Today's menu looks as follows:

Breakfast: Strawberry and banana smoothie and avocado toast
Lunch: Tomato soup
Dinner: Oven roasted vegetables and gnocchi

❤ Soon it's back to school and I'm actually feeling pretty excited! Since I've finished most of my courses already, I pretty much only have my Pro Gradu Thesis and a 6 month "internship" at a school left and then I've completed my degree. How insane is that?!

❤ I'm also very stoked about August as a whole - I have some time off from work which means I get to hang out with friends I haven't seen in f o r e v e r, me and André can take a trip up to Ostrobothnia and I might even squeeze in some basketball... fun times!

❤ sending out some positive vibes to all my readers ❤ 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summertime sickness

Summer is almost over you guys, and it has probably been the quickest summer of my life. It's already August which means that a) Uni starts in one month b) I have to actually start thinking about important adult stuff again, like what I will write about for my master's thesis (help me) and c) it's time to recap what I did in July:

July was pretty crazy at work. There were events in Turku almost every weekend, and it was definitely noticeable. One of those were Tall Ships Race, which me and André also managed to visit for a couple of hours. 

We also said bye to Tessa and Adam, who went back to North Carolina. It was so much fun to have them here this summer, and for our last hang out sesh they came to our apartment and we all had some delicious sushi!

Speaking of food, I've been very experimental in the kitchen. We got a lot of vegetables and berries from Andre's grandma (from her very own garden!) and since we had way more kale than we would be able to consume before it went bad, I made some green kale juice. It was surprisingly good as well!

Apart from work I've been trying to hang out with my family and friends as much as I can. I had lunch with my parents and brother at Sergio's (which was honestly a bit of a let down), me and André went to see Dunkirk (which was really good and also Harry Styles (1D Forever)) and a couple of days ago me and Emppu went sunbathing at Samppis. Unfortunately the weather forecast was totally off, and it was cold and windy so we pretty much just stayed wrapped in our towels for an hour, and then decided to have lunch instead.

This past weeks (or the past two weeks really) have been pretty exhausting, if I'm being completely honest. I've mostly been working evening shifts and on top of that I got a terrible cold. And because I'm the kind of person who never takes time off from work, I kept of working even though I probably should have stayed at home. So the cold has stuck with me for about a week now, now I luckily have a few days off so I can really rest and become well again!

Yesterday was my first of three days off and despite me just saying I needed to rest, I pretty much did the opposite. But there were so many things I needed and wanted to fix, so I figured I should do as much of that in one day, so that I can relax the remaining days. So yesterday I started my morning with a meeting at work, then had lunch with Cristel, I stopped by campus to fix some papers, did some grocery shopping, made some pulled chicken all by myself (which was surprisingly easy)cleaned, vacuumed, hung up curtains... It was a lot. But now it's all done and I have time to do other things, like write this blog post! 

Also been obsessively watching Married At First Sight

And last but certainly not least... I FINALLY GOT A NEW PHONE! My friends and family know that my previous phone (and Iphone 5 that I got in 2013) literally had a battery life of 30 minutes and would shut down by itself. The day I got the new phone I was gonna take a picture of it with my old phone for snapchat, and despite it being fully charged, it died. So yeah, I really needed a new phone. It feels so weird to be able to actually go a full day without charging... I'm beyond happy!